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NCSL’s ‘State Policy 101’ Sessions Will Make You a Policy Pro

By Mark Wolf | Jan. 25, 2021 | State Legislatures Magazine

This is the time of year when your to-do list of policy issues to grasp just ate up your phone’s data limit.

Education. Broadband. Budgets. Cybersecurity. Redistricting. Health care. And the hits just keep on coming.

Whether you are new to the legislature or looking to build up your knowledge in a specific area, NCSL is here to help. Every Friday in February, NCSL presents State Policy 101.

A roster of more than 30 free online sessions conducted by NCSL’s experts will hit the high notes of legislative policy.

A few highlights from opening day, Friday, Feb. 5:

Redistricting going to be a thorny topic in your chamber?

Check in at 2 p.m. ET to watch Wendy Underhill, group director, and Ben Williams, policy specialist, from NCSL’s Elections and Redistricting Program brief you on what procedural options can still be undertaken before the mapmaking begins, what’s up with the census data in terms of its quality and its timeline, and more.

What’s more timely in the pandemic era than health care?

Emily Blanford, program principal, and Sydne Enlund, policy specialist, in NCSL’s Health Program present an overview on improving access to health care that will cover Medicaid (which accounts for nearly 20% of state spending), telehealth and the health workforce at 3:30 p.m. ET

How do we get from here to there?

Technology is changing the answer to that question in rapidly evolving ways, but legislatures still face many of the same age-old questions about funding and maintaining infrastructure and keeping users safe. Stop by at 3:30 p.m. ET to join a carpool of NCSL experts for an overview of emerging state policies to address funding, safety and mobility, and the biggest transportation issues state legislatures will face in 2021. 

And that’s just a sample from Day One.

Your free registration gives you access to all four Fridays and many more sessions. If you can’t make it to one or more of the sessions live, your registration includes access to recordings of all of them.

For more information, please contact Katie Ziegler.


Mark Wolf edits the NCSL Blog.

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